Know Your Rights Materials

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Here you will find know your rights materials from Dignity in Schools Campaign members and allies. These resources include materials with an overview of students’ and parents'/guardians' rights, what remedies are available when those rights are violated, tips and tools for self-advocacy, and support resources.


California - Student Handbook on Suspension and Expulsion in Northern California Schools (Document)

Visit the ACLU of Northern California website to access their handbook and learn about their Youth Projects.

Impact of School Pushout on Youth with Special Needs and Their Families Workshop (Document)

Here you will find a workshop on the Impact of School Pushout on Youth with Special Needs and Their Families. This workshop was created by our members Teachers Unite and Advocates for Equity in Schools- Henrico Coalition.

Know Your Rights, Remedies, & Resources: A Handbook for Parents/Guardians and Students in North Carolina Public Schools (Document)

This handbook provides an overview of students’ and parents'/guardians' rights, what remedies are available when those rights are violated, tips and tools for self-advocacy, and support resources.

Massachusetts - FAQ on Rights of Students with Disabilities in Suspension and Expulsion (Document)

Visit the Disability Law Center of Massachusetts website for a variety of resources on the rights of students with disabilities.

English FAQ on Rights of Students with Disabilities in Suspension and Expulsion

Massachusetts - Guides on School Discipine and Special Education (Document)

The Children's Law Center of Massachusetts has a variety of guides on School Suspension and Expulsion, Special Education, and Disciplining Children with Special Needs.

Michigan - What Schools Need to Know: LGBT Students and the Law (Document)

Read this booklet from the ACLU of Michigan and GLSEN of Detroit about the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students.

Minnesota - Guide on Discipline for Students with Disabilities (Document)

PACER is an advocacy organization created by parents. It offers support, publications, and leadership on disability issues for parents and education professionals. PACER has created an online guide for parents on discipline policies in Minnesota for students with disabilities. To access this guide, visit www.pacer.org and click on: New! Interactive Product on School Discipline in Minnesota.

New York - Know Your Rights When Facing A Suspension (Document)

NYCLU provides a palm card for New York City Students called "Know Your Rights When Facing a Suspension."

New York - Know Your Rights with Police in Schools Card (Document)

NYCLU provides a palm card on students' rights with police in schools.

Ohio - Students! Know Your Rights (Document)

The ACLU of Ohio has a handbook outlining your rights as a public school student in Ohio.

You can also visit their webpage for High School Students.

Pennslyvania - Know Your Rights (Document)

The ACLU of Pennsylvania has A Handbook for Public School Students in Pennsylvania which includes information on discrimination, school discipline and security.

Tennessee - Know Your Rights! (Document)

The ACLU of Tennessee has A Guide for Public School Students in Tennessee, a fact sheet on Military Recruiting in high school, and information on their annual student conferences.

Guidebook for Parents on School Rights and Responsibilities (Document)

A guide for parents on advocating for their children in California schools from Public Counsel, with a focus on the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Oregon - Your Right to Equality in Education (Document)

The ACLU of Oregon website has a Youth Section with information on student rights, including rights related to discipline and exclusion from school.

 Guidebook on Advocating for Your Child (Document)

A guidebook for Georgia parents with information on tracking, testing, school discipline and due process hearings, special education and NCLB from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.

Guides on Discipline and School Board Advocacy (Document)

The ACLU of Washington State has created multiple guides on advocacy for parents available on the organization’s website at http://www.aclu-wa.org/.


Guide to school discipline in Washington – English